Sociology of Cultural Processes

A.Y. 2019/2020
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/08
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
To offer an understanding of the main fundamental concepts of sociology, with special reference to the sociology of culture.
Expected learning outcomes
Master the basic concepts of sociology, acquire the main analytical frameworks for socio-cultural analysis and obtain relevant insights as to their deployment for socio-cultural analysis as related to key empirical phenomena in contemporary society.
Course syllabus and organization

A-K

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The course aims to provide some theoretical and practical tools to investigate cultural processes in daily life. The program is divided into two directions. In a first part, a path is proposed that starts from the notion of culture and focuses on its embodiment, on the formation of classification categories, on the work of common sense, on the social construction of tastes, hierarchies, symbolic borders, allowing to study culture in action in different areas of social life. In the second part, through a reference to classical and contemporary studies, we will focus on temporal, spatial and bodily practices, touching on topics such as the construction of borders, the sense of living, the relationship between social and subjective times, collective memory , the social meaning of age and generations, body techniques, the social processes that regulate birth and death, the relationship with sexuality and the construction of the genre, making use of examples taken from films and novels and dynamics of specific social fields such as, for example, the artistic, leisure, consumption sectors. In summary, we will try to read sociologically the different connotations that the concept of culture assumes and its links with the multiple spheres of everyday reality.
Prerequisites for admission
No special prerequisites are needed, but it helps to be familiar with history and philosophy.
Teaching methods
The teaching methods will not be only the traditional ones of the frontal lesson, as the course will see some moments of deepening and discussion starting from the texts read beforehand (according to a model of flipped classroom), as well as a small empirical research exercise.
Teaching Resources
Mario de Benedittis, Sociologia della cultura, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2013

- Bourdieu, P. La conoscenza col corpo, cap. IV (estratti) di Meditazioni pascaliane, pp. 134-171, Milano, Feltrinelli, 1998.
- Bourdieu, P. Violenza simbolica e lotte politiche, cap. V di Meditazioni pascaliane, pp., Milano, Feltrinelli, 1998, pp. 172-197.
- Bourdieu, P. La logica dei campi, (estratti) in cap. II, Risposte. Per un'antropologia riflessiva., Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 1992.
- Hannerz, U. Un network di prospettive cap. III (estratti) in La complessità culturale. L'organizzazione sociale del significato, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1998.
- Hannerz, U. Modelli di processo cap. II in La complessità culturale. L'organizzazione sociale del significato, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1998.
- Wacquant, L. Mettere l'habitus al suo posto, in «Etnografia e ricerca qualitativa» 2, 2014 pp. 329-346.

- Colombo, E. e Navarini, G. La stazione come luogo di confine in Confini dentro la città, Milano, Guerini, 1999, pp.45-62 (cap. III).
- Granata, A. e Granata, E. L'esperienza dello spazio nel tempo della crescita. Perdersi, attraversare, ritrovarsi, pp. 58-111, in Daniele Cologna et al., La città avrà i miei occhi. Spazi di crescita delle seconde generazioni a Torino, Santarcangelo di Romagna, Maggioli, 2009.
- Massey D., Jess P., cap. II, Luoghi, culture e globalizzazione, Milano, Utet, 2002.
- Ritzer, G. Reincanto: fare spettacolo con l'implosione, il tempo e lo spazio, in La religione dei consumi, Bologna, il Mulino, 2000 pp. 147-191 (cap. IV).
- Grande, T. Le origini sociali della memoria, in Tota A. L. (a cura di), La memoria contesa. Studi sulla comunicazione sociale del passato, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2001.
- Castells, M. Ai confini dell'eternità. Tempo senza tempo, cap. VII (estratti), in La nascita della società in rete, Milano, Egea, 2002.
- Goffman, E. Il rapporto fra i sessi, in Il rapporto fra i sessi, Roma, Armando, 2009, pp. 21-77.
- Guillaumin, C. Il corpo costruito, in «Studi culturali», 2, 2006, pp. 306-341.
- Hockey, J. E Allison, J., L'incorporamento dell'età. Identità e salute sessuale attraverso il corso della vita, in «Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia», 3, 2002, pp. 353-377.
- Wacquant, L. Pugni al lavoro, in «Consecutio temporum», n.5, 2013, pp.283-297, http://www.consecutio.org/2013/10/pugni-al-lavoro/

Non attending students have to add this text to the others:
Eviatar Zerubavel, Dato per scontato, Milano, Meltemi, 2019.
Assessment methods and Criteria
For attending students, the verification of the contents learned is divided into a series of intermediate tests carried out during the course, in an individual final paper and, possibly, only if requested by the teacher or student, in a final oral exam.
Attendees will be offered three intermediate tests and an individual final work, applying the course content.
The intermediate tests will consist of closed-ended tests, to verify the contents of readings and lessons.
The individual work will consist of a short paper, including a part of empirical research, in which you will be asked to apply the concepts dealt with in class to your daily life experience. The evaluation of the paper will take into account the degree of understanding and reworking of the topics addressed and the commitment to research.
For attending students, the final grade is therefore an overall assessment of the various ongoing tests structured as follows: three intermediate tests, lasting about 20 minutes each, based on batteries of closed-ended questions, to be held in the computer room on predefined dates ; an individual final work (the specifics will be given during the course), including an empirical part of analysis, developed starting from the lessons and the texts in the program. This individual work must be posted on Ariel in your personal space in the Portfolio, 15 days before the appeal in which you wish to participate; finally, if the teacher deems it appropriate, the student must carry out an oral exam as a further individual final test.
The mark will be the result of a weighting of the works and not of an arithmetic average of the individual tests (50% overall test result, 45% individual final test, 5% assessment of participation in the discussions on the texts and the overall performance of the tests - for example, progressive improvement, or progressive deterioration). To take the exam by attending students, it will be necessary to obtain sufficiency in at least two of the three intermediate tests

N.B. The exam for attending students is sustainable only during the first two appeals of January / February. The 3-credit exam can be taken, but the program must be agreed with the teacher.

For non-attending students, the exam will consist of a two-part written test.
The first part, consisting of a series of closed-ended questions on all the texts and essays in the program, is to be considered preparatory to the evaluation of the rest of the test: therefore, a negative evaluation on this part will involve not passing the exam. The time available for this test will be 45 minutes and the exam will take place in the computerized classrooms, with an immediate result at the end of the test.
The second part of the exam will consist of two open questions to be carried out in an hour and a half, always in the computerized classroom. A first question will require articulating a reflection by linking together the concepts and themes addressed in the texts and essays in the program, starting from a quote obtained from them. A second question will ask to apply the studied concepts to an input that can be linked to the experience of daily life, or to a newspaper article, a video, etc. The final mark will consist of 20% of the result of the written question with closed questions, 40% of the answer to the first open question and 40% of the answer for the second.
Teaching Unit 1
SPS/08 - SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Teaching Unit 2
SPS/08 - SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours

A-Z

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The first part of the course will propose a general framework on the main theories on sociology of culture. More specifically we will analyse: the meaning of culture from a sociological point of view, the social construction of taste, the symbolic conflicts.
In the second part we will focus on the cultural aspects of the digital mediascape.
Prerequisites for admission
None
Teaching methods
Lectures, powerpoint presentations
Teaching Resources
Bibliography
- Mario de Benedittis, Sociologia della cultura, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2013
- Henry Jenkins, Cultura convergente, Milano, Apogeo
- Pierre Bourdieu, Sul concetto di campo in sociologia, Roma, Armando editore
Assessment methods and Criteria
Final written exam. For those attending the lessons there will be the option, at the first session, to do a presentation arranged with the teacher. In this case both the presentation and the written exam will contribute to the final grade.
Teaching Unit 1
SPS/08 - SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Teaching Unit 2
SPS/08 - SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours

L-Z

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The course aims to provide some theoretical and practical tools to investigate cultural processes in daily life. The program is divided into two directions. In a first part, a path is proposed that starts from the notion of culture and focuses on its embodiment, on the formation of classification categories, on the work of common sense, on the social construction of tastes, hierarchies, symbolic borders, allowing to study culture in action in different areas of social life. In the second part, through a reference to classical and contemporary studies, we will focus on temporal, spatial and bodily practices, touching on topics such as the construction of borders, the sense of living, the relationship between social and subjective times, collective memory , the social meaning of age and generations, body techniques, the social processes that regulate birth and death, the relationship with sexuality and the construction of the genre, making use of examples taken from films and novels and dynamics of specific social fields such as, for example, the artistic, leisure, consumption sectors. In summary, we will try to read sociologically the different connotations that the concept of culture assumes and its links with the multiple spheres of everyday reality.
Prerequisites for admission
No special prerequisites are needed, but it helps to be familiar with history and philosophy.
Teaching methods
The teaching methods will not be only the traditional ones of the frontal lesson, as the course will see some moments of deepening and discussion starting from the texts read beforehand (according to a model of flipped classroom), as well as a small empirical research exercise.
Teaching Resources
Mario de Benedittis, Sociologia della cultura, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2013

- Bourdieu, P. La conoscenza col corpo, cap. IV (estratti) di Meditazioni pascaliane, pp. 134-171, Milano, Feltrinelli, 1998.
- Bourdieu, P. Violenza simbolica e lotte politiche, cap. V di Meditazioni pascaliane, pp., Milano, Feltrinelli, 1998, pp. 172-197.
- Bourdieu, P. La logica dei campi, (estratti) in cap. II, Risposte. Per un'antropologia riflessiva., Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 1992.
- Hannerz, U. Un network di prospettive cap. III (estratti) in La complessità culturale. L'organizzazione sociale del significato, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1998.
- Hannerz, U. Modelli di processo cap. II in La complessità culturale. L'organizzazione sociale del significato, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1998.
- Wacquant, L. Mettere l'habitus al suo posto, in «Etnografia e ricerca qualitativa» 2, 2014 pp. 329-346.

- Colombo, E. e Navarini, G. La stazione come luogo di confine in Confini dentro la città, Milano, Guerini, 1999, pp.45-62 (cap. III).
- Granata, A. e Granata, E. L'esperienza dello spazio nel tempo della crescita. Perdersi, attraversare, ritrovarsi, pp. 58-111, in Daniele Cologna et al., La città avrà i miei occhi. Spazi di crescita delle seconde generazioni a Torino, Santarcangelo di Romagna, Maggioli, 2009.
- Massey D., Jess P., cap. II, Luoghi, culture e globalizzazione, Milano, Utet, 2002.
- Ritzer, G. Reincanto: fare spettacolo con l'implosione, il tempo e lo spazio, in La religione dei consumi, Bologna, il Mulino, 2000 pp. 147-191 (cap. IV).
- Grande, T. Le origini sociali della memoria, in Tota A. L. (a cura di), La memoria contesa. Studi sulla comunicazione sociale del passato, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2001.
- Castells, M. Ai confini dell'eternità. Tempo senza tempo, cap. VII (estratti), in La nascita della società in rete, Milano, Egea, 2002.
- Goffman, E. Il rapporto fra i sessi, in Il rapporto fra i sessi, Roma, Armando, 2009, pp. 21-77.
- Guillaumin, C. Il corpo costruito, in «Studi culturali», 2, 2006, pp. 306-341.
- Hockey, J. E Allison, J., L'incorporamento dell'età. Identità e salute sessuale attraverso il corso della vita, in «Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia», 3, 2002, pp. 353-377.
- Wacquant, L. Pugni al lavoro, in «Consecutio temporum», n.5, 2013, pp.283-297, http://www.consecutio.org/2013/10/pugni-al-lavoro/

Non attending students have to add this text to the others:
Eviatar Zerubavel, Dato per scontato, Milano, Meltemi, 2019.
Assessment methods and Criteria
For attending students, the verification of the contents learned is divided into a series of intermediate tests carried out during the course, in an individual final paper and, possibly, only if requested by the teacher or student, in a final oral exam.
Attendees will be offered three intermediate tests and an individual final work, applying the course content.
The intermediate tests will consist of closed-ended tests, to verify the contents of readings and lessons.
The individual work will consist of a short paper, including a part of empirical research, in which you will be asked to apply the concepts dealt with in class to your daily life experience. The evaluation of the paper will take into account the degree of understanding and reworking of the topics addressed and the commitment to research.
For attending students, the final grade is therefore an overall assessment of the various ongoing tests structured as follows: three intermediate tests, lasting about 20 minutes each, based on batteries of closed-ended questions, to be held in the computer room on predefined dates ; an individual final work (the specifics will be given during the course), including an empirical part of analysis, developed starting from the lessons and the texts in the program. This individual work must be posted on Ariel in your personal space in the Portfolio, 15 days before the appeal in which you wish to participate; finally, if the teacher deems it appropriate, the student must carry out an oral exam as a further individual final test.
The mark will be the result of a weighting of the works and not of an arithmetic average of the individual tests (50% overall test result, 45% individual final test, 5% assessment of participation in the discussions on the texts and the overall performance of the tests - for example, progressive improvement, or progressive deterioration). To take the exam by attending students, it will be necessary to obtain sufficiency in at least two of the three intermediate tests

N.B. The exam for attending students is sustainable only during the first two appeals of January / February. The 3-credit exam can be taken, but the program must be agreed with the teacher.

For non-attending students, the exam will consist of a two-part written test.
The first part, consisting of a series of closed-ended questions on all the texts and essays in the program, is to be considered preparatory to the evaluation of the rest of the test: therefore, a negative evaluation on this part will involve not passing the exam. The time available for this test will be 45 minutes and the exam will take place in the computerized classrooms, with an immediate result at the end of the test.
The second part of the exam will consist of two open questions to be carried out in an hour and a half, always in the computerized classroom. A first question will require articulating a reflection by linking together the concepts and themes addressed in the texts and essays in the program, starting from a quote obtained from them. A second question will ask to apply the studied concepts to an input that can be linked to the experience of daily life, or to a newspaper article, a video, etc. The final mark will consist of 20% of the result of the written question with closed questions, 40% of the answer to the first open question and 40% of the answer for the second.
Teaching Unit 1
SPS/08 - SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Teaching Unit 2
SPS/08 - SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours